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Hollywood Arts uses the arts both therapeutically and to teach life and job-readiness skills that will empower homeless youth to use their own talents to change their lives.
Hollywood Arts uses the arts (music, drawing, dance, video gaming, hair, makeup and fashion) to change the lives of homeless teenagers through therapy, education and career-training.
We have two goals:
1. Emotional: To use artistic activities to stimulate self-respect and improved self-worth by creating a place for the teenagers to begin to process their own trauma and life challenges; to offer opportunities for important public validation; and to create a new community of supportive mentors.
2. Educational: To use artistic activities to stimulate intellectual curiosity; teach life skills (or soft skills) such as critical thinking, pro-social communication and problem solving; and job skills (or hard skills) such as math, writing, and technology.
We are building a school/learning center which provides incentives to homeless teenagers and young adults to learn through the arts. The Hollywood Arts school will teach a variety of creative activities through a classroom, curriculum-based structure that will be free to the youth and will help stimulate their minds; give them confidence; train them for jobs in the creative industries from hair cutting to video games; and encourage them to go to community college, complete their GEDs or find internships.
- Monica Forouzesh
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